Lenten Reflection Week 4: Matthew 27:46

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And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

This fourth saying of Christ from the cross is interesting in many ways. Two of which we will examine and reflect on for this fourth week of Lenten reflections.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is of course also found in Psalm 22. In fact several verses of this Psalm are quoted or alluded to in the accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion.

In an attempt to understand the depth of scripture, first I’d like to challenge the conventional interpretation , not doing away with it of course ( for that will be part of our reflection for the week) but attempting to understand the tangible with the intangible.

When Jesus cries out, My God, My God why have you forsaken me, why…

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Lenten Reflection Week 3: John 19:26-27

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When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

As we’ve seen the past two weeks, Jesus is extremely forgiving and merciful….and this week is no exception. So far we’ve heard, Father forgive them… and Today you will be with me in Paradise. Now, we hear His words to His mother, Mary and His beloved disciple, John. “Woman, behold, your son” and “Behold, your mother.”

What are we to learn from this passage? They are, after all, the words of Sacred Scripture. They were written for a reason. Why put this in his gospel narrative? It’s the same John the Evangelist, that writes, There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to…

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Lenten Reflection Week 2: Luke 23:43

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He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

In this saying from the cross, Jesus assures a dying thief that he will be with Him in paradise today. What then is here for us to understand?

Some have used this verse as an argument against the necessity of Baptism, but a careful study of scripture shows this to not be true. This is however an exception to the rule of Baptism. When Peter or Paul preached, they didn’t preach, “Repent and be Baptized – if you want to, or think it’s doctrinally correct.” No! They preached, “Repent and be Baptized,” (Acts 2:38, Rom.6:3-4, Gal. 3:27, I Pet. 3:21).

Let us look at Jesus’ own Baptism. He was certainly not a sinner, and John didn’t even want to baptize Him. Yet, Jesus subjected Himself to John for baptism “to…

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Lenten Reflection Week 1: Luke 23:34

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Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Just picture it; Jesus, after having been scourged  and made to carry His own cross to “the place of the Skull” [Golgotha in Aramaic, Kranion in Greek, and Calvary in Latin] prays this prayer to The Father.

In physical pain, unimaginable to most of us, He can ask for the forgiveness for His murderers.

How are we at this? Can we pray a prayer like this in our situation in life, or do we let circumstances override our relationship with God? Can we ask for the forgiveness of those who have hurt us, stolen from us unjustly accused us of….whatever? Can we even grant forgiveness ourselves?

In many way, if we are honest with ourselves, we know we fall way short in this area. As Christians, we should knowthat we are called “to share in the sufferings of…

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